The Mama Shelter is the new place to be seen in Marseilles - a trendy hotel located quite unusually in a popular downtown district, quite far from most Marseilles usual hot spots and attractions (the city is orientated to the sea and most places of interest are on the seashore and all around the Vieux-Port historical district). I guess this was part of the concept to implement the building in the middle of "Marseille's genuine popular narrow streets" with clothes hanging from the windows, sleaze and cheap bistrots and pizzeria nearby and so on. Actually there is a metro station within a walking distance of the hotel, that bring the guests to the Vieux-Port in less than 10 minutes... so location is not a real problem. Beware, from the outside, it does not look like an hotel, and the entrance door is quite hard to find - I guess this is as well part of the concept. Actually I stayed in the Mama Shelter for a business meeting - did not have to use the rooms then because I am a local, but other colleagues enjoyed their rooms and breakfast. Business room are all right, service was great. The restaurant is fine - nothing extraordinary in your plates still, with a strong "eat healthy" orientation. The chef is swedish as far as I understood. The restaurant and the inner patio is nice, very very (too much?) trendy - with a definitive "welcome to bobo-land" style (can't translate it in english - "bobos" in France are snob, healthy, rich and openly liberal people who constantly want to demonstrate that they are modern, open-minded and global-world friendly ). Overall, this is still a place of its own in Marseilles. You can like it or hate it, but at least, this is different.